While the Cleveland Cavaliers are perhaps best known as LeBron‘s team, their title chances and long-term future could rest in the hands of someone else: Kyrie Irving. The 23-year-old point guard is already a three-time NBA All-Star–and if he hadn’t been injured for much of this season’s first half, he undoubtedly would’ve made his fourth straight trip to the midseason classic–and his return from injury this season has helped vault the Cavaliers onto the short list of contenders to dethrone the Golden State Warriors and win the NBA championship. (It’s a very short list too: Spurs, Thunder, Cavaliers, and maybe the Raptors if you’re feeling lucky.)
The lightning-quick Irving has the kind of speed and handles that could make even the best defender look foolish, and it’s no wonder that in December of 2014 Nike gave him a signature sneaker and made him an intricate part of their post-Kobe plans. With its design, the Kyrie 1 paid tribute to Irving’s past, present, and future, and was on his feet throughout what was his most successful NBA season both as a team and individually–Cleveland came within two wins of an NBA title and Irving averaged 21.7 points per game while shooting nearly 42 percent from deep.
After Nike initially dropped the Kyrie 2 this past December, a new Blue/Black/Silver colorway is set to debut this Saturday at Champs Sports. It’s been dubbed “Brotherhood” because it pays homage to Irving’s short time as a Duke Blue Devil. It is also a continuation of a colorway storyline that began last season.
In honor of the Cleveland young star, let’s take a look at 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Kyrie Irving.
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